Doda residents continue to wait for the relief/rehabilitation package, pinning all their hopes on PM’s visit to Kishtwar

More than fifty (50) days have passed and  both the state and the centre govt are yet to provide much needed relief material to majority of quake it residents across Doda district.

quake damage_dodaAfter seeking a central assistance to the tune of Rs 607 crore from the centre govt the state govt, till date, is waiting for the formal sanction of the relief and rehabilitation package.

In the absence of any relief material the residents are forced to spend sleepless nights under the cover of plastic sheets over their heads as most of the  houses in remote villages of Doda belt have suffered extensive damages.

According to state govt data, at least 70,000 structures were affected in the quake across the region.

 The worst affected areas of Doda and Kishtwar have now pinned all  their hopes on the visit of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to announce the relief package on June 25.

Most of the residents  in the area were struggling to make both ends meet in the absence of any help from any quarter.
Till date the residents were told that the centre govt would announce the relief and rehabilitation package after the visit of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to the quake hit areas of the state.

Initially, when the Omar Abdullah announced a relief package of Rs 25 crore for the affected area the local villagers whose houses suffered damages refused to accept paltry assistance under state disaster relief fund  as they claimed that it was not at par with the losses suffered by them and insisted that they should be treated at par with the victims of the Leh cloud burst tragedy.
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Ironically, Rahul Gandhi had to cancel and postpone his visit to the area on two occasions on account of Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh and inclement weather conditions.

Dejected with  slow pace of relief work the affected population on ground zero had lost all hopes of receiving the relief in time. But now it appears their silence prayers have been answered.

Prime Minister who is scheduled to visit Kishtwar on June 25 along with Congress President Sonia Gandhi  is expected to announce the relief and rehabilitation package for the quake hit population of the area.

The PMO’s office has also received ground reports and  assessment report of the actual damages suffered by the people on account of May 1 earthquake in the region.According to official sources the Prime  Minister is expected to make a public announcement  about the relief and rehabilitation package during the public rally in Kishtwar before flying to Srinagar.

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